A Hole In My Heart is a major departure for director Lukas Moodysson, this is a disjointed captured on handheld and in your face tale in which an adult scene between Rickard (Thorsten Flinck), Geko (Goran Marjanovic) and Tess (Sanna Bråding) is being filmed in an apartment while Rickard’s son Erik (Björn Almrot) attempts to avoid the rapidly disturbing events in the next room.
Yet that attempts to put some form of narrative on this film, which is disconcerting, filled with blasts of noise and horrific imagery of vaginal reconstruction surgery, a female masturbation scene that involves licking a filthy bathroom floor, toys reciting the dialogue and time and space being decimated by how the story unfurls, curls and is torn into shreds. Meanwhile, as the world sends next door and the line between mondo and snuff is about to be crossed, Erik remains in his room, blasting himself with industrial music and attempting to bring dirt inside the home to grow plants, nature reclaiming itself inside a suffocating small place nearly as destructive as the people within it.
I get the feeling from reading about how this was made that this was a horrific film to make for the actors and that Flinck claimed that he had to be high to make the movie. What emerges feels raw, dangerous and something you get the feeling that you might not want to watch but can’t look away from.
The limited edition The Lukas Moodysson Collection from Arrow includes high definition blu rays of seven films, as well as interviews with Moodysson and other cast and crew, moderated by film programmer Sarah Lutton. There’s also a two hundred page featuring new writing by Peter Walsh, excerpts from the original press kits for each film, interviews with and directors’ statements from Moodysson and essays on his films from a 2014 special issue of the Nordic culture journal Scandinavica by C. Claire Thomson, Helga H. Lúthersdóttir, Elina Nilsson, Scott MacKenzie and Anna Westerståhl Stenport and Kjerstin Moody.
Extras include interviews with Moodysson, a behind-the-scenes feature, a trailer and an image gallery.
You can get this set from MVD.